Don’t Plead Guilty With a Utah DUI
Fundamentally, no one likes to put their hand in the fire – or be in trouble with the law; so a common first blush reaction is for people to bury their heads and immediately plan to “get this behind them,” by pleading guilty and taking their punishment. In other words, burying their head in the sand like an Ostrich. While we understand the emotional reasoning, we push logic hard in this area. Given that a person charged with a DUI has landed in the position they find themselves in because of a lack of knowledge (otherwise it stands to reason they would have refused to perform field tests and reduced their chance of conviction), our only stubborn plea is for the person to become quickly educated about their situation.
Our experience is that 60% of the cases we handle result in reduced charges, outright dismissal, or reduced charges. Therefore, the odds are actually with the defendant which is rather strange for criminal law. Our promise is this: nothing can be lost by taking time to speak with experienced DUI Defense Attorney, and becoming educated about the area of law – absolutely nothing. A DUI can cost tens of thousands of dollars over time; thus, it only makes logical sense to become educated about one’s situation and have a case evaluated by a lawyer practiced in the area of law – a specialty in its own right.
Faced with the choice of proceeding without an attorney (or “Pro Se”) or with an attorney, too many people get into even deeper trouble because they are unfamiliar with the criminal justice process – a netherworld unto itself. Thus, like any other governmental process, criminal justice has its own set or procedural rules which one not schooled in the law could certainly learn; but it highly unlikely that one would understand how to apply the rules in a specific case without practice.
The adage that “only a fool has themself for a lawyer” is not lost on Utah DUI Attorneys, because there is not one that would dare represent themself on their own case if only for lack of objectivity. The same thinking applies to DUI’s because this criminal specialty is one that requires a very specialized knowledge of both the law and the technology used to enforce the law. Simply put, no rational person that takes the time to become educated on DUI law would consider representing themselves.